Neil Bridge’s Bio
Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Piano player, composer, arranger, and band-leader. He has accompanied Mel Torme. Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton, Johnny Smith, The Mills Brothers, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, and many more. He is well known for accompanying Johnny Smith (the legendary world-class guitar player) at “Shaners” in Denver for years!!!
Neil has currently written over 200 musical arrangements for his eight piece bands, Neil Bridge 7+ & El Puente Grande Con Siete. His repertoire ranges from Natalie Cole to Sinatra, Latin Jazz, Count Basie, (so many swing tunes) Blues to Funk and beautiful ballads from the Great American Songbook and even some Dixieland.
Because of his work as a former music teacher with the Denver public schools, there is a special room dedicated to Neil at the Denver School for the Arts. The room is appropriately titled, the Neil Bridge Jazz Room. Neil created the first Denver city wide high school jazz combo. He and his students received the prestigious Downbeat Award for best High School Jazz Combo in the United States.
Many of his former students went on to have successful careers in the entertainment business, such as actor Don Cheadle, jazz musician Nelson Rangell, saxophonist Javon Jackson, Latin percussionist Gary Sosias, Brad Leali (Sax, Clarinet and Flute) and pianist David Pearl, among many others.
B/M in Music Education – New England Conservatory of Music
M/N in Music Education – University of Colorado